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CHP Report for the week of 2/19/20

The following incidents are submitted by the Quincy Area California Highway Patrol as a tentative summary pending the conclusion of the investigation(s).

DUI, Feb. 9

At about 12:08 a.m., Reuben Hernandez, 27, of Chico, was driving his 2007 Toyota Scion TC eastbound on Highway 70, just west of Paxton Road. His rate of speed was approximately 35 mph.

According to the CHP report, due to the driver’s level of intoxication, he made an unsafe turning movement to the left causing his car to leave the roadway and collide with the north side rock embankment. The Scion became disabled, partially blocking the westbound lane.

Hernandez then called 911 to report the collision. He was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the collision and was not injured. CHP arrived on scene to conduct an investigation, which resulted in the driver being arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of a drug.

Major injury accident, Feb. 12

At about 12:55 p.m., John Ransom, 67, of Oroville, was driving a 2018 Peterbilt tractor with a flatbed trailer in tow, hauling logs. Ransom was traveling eastbound on Highway 70, east of Crystal Springs Road.

While in the process of negotiating a left-hand curve in the roadway, the driver allowed the Peterbilt to exit the south road edge. The tractor struck a metal paddle marker and then rolled over to its right. The cab of the Peterbilt struck a tree. The vehicle came to rest against the tree, on its right side.

Ransom was extricated from the cab by personnel from Plumas County Volunteer Fire Department, Plumas County Search and Rescue, Care Flight Ground and the California Highway Patrol. The driver sustained major injuries as a result of this collision and was transported to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada. This collision remains under investigation.

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